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FESTIVALS  OBSERVED   IK  MATHUBjC                                   181
15.    BMJon Sudi 11.—A special pilgrimage to Madlm-ban, Tal-ban, and
Knmud-ban.    The general Ban-jatra also commences and lasts for 15 days.
16.    BMdon Sudi 14.—The Anant Chaudas.    The Pairaki, or swimming
festival, is held every Thursday in Sravan and BMdon, hut the principal day
is the last Thursday before the Anant Chaudas^ when there is a very great
concourse of people, occupying the walls of the old fort and all the river-side
ghats. There is no racing : but the swimmers, almost all of whom have with
them large hollow gonrds, or" inflated skins for occasional support, perform
a variety of strange antics in the water ; while some are mounted upon
grotesque structures in the shape of horses^ or peacocks, or different Mnds of
carriages. The sceiie^ which is an amusing one, is best witnessed from a barge
towed up the stream to the highest ghat near Jaysinghpura, where the swim-
mers start, and allowed to drop down with the current to the pontoon bridge.
About sunset there is a rude display of fireworks accompanied with much
smoke and noise ; but the swimmers remain in the water some two or three
hours longer^ when the proceedings terminate with music and dancing in the
streets of the city.
Kuvdr (September— October).
17.    Kucdr JEtadi 8.—Perambulation of the city followed by five days' festi-
vities, during which it is customary to make a great number of little pewter
descendants now retain only i| biswa, the rest haying been sold to the mahant of the temple of Syam.
Stoadar at Brinda-bans who ia also muaddar. They say that the name of the place, when their
ancestors first occupied it, vas the same as now, aad that it refers to the sis (cMa) sakhis, or
companions of Eadha, whose gupt bhavan, or unseen abode, is one of the sites visited by pilgrims.
Another local explanation of the name is that it refers to the six villages, each of which had to
cede part of Us land to form the KachhwahaB* ne^sr settlement. There is a rakhyav wherein the
trees are chiefly kadarabs of small growth, though old, mixed with dhak, nim, kaiil, and joins,
and in it Is a highly venerated shrine, dedicated to G-arur Gobiad. The present building, which
is small and perfectly plain, enshrines a black stone image of the god Gobrad monuited on Grarux.
Close by is a cave with a longish flight of winding steps simply dug in the soil, but no one can
penetrate to the end «>n account of the fleas with which the place swarms. On Sayan. Sudi 8,
during the panek tlratk ka, rnela, the temple ia visited by the largest number of pilgrims. There
is a second fair on the day af tet the Holi, and a third on the full moon of Jeth. The revenue oi
the village all goes to the temple of Syam Sundar at Brindi-ban. The local shrine has n$ endow-
ment. In a field immediately adjoining the homestead are some fragments of Buddhist rails.
These were probably bronghc from the Gofoind-kund, about a mile away, where some ancient
building must once have stood. For digging the foundations of the small masomy ghit theie&
SO years or so ago, it is said that some large sculptures were discovered; but aa they wet® muti-
lated, no one took the trouble to remove them. I told K&rha— the Tajari—to let roe know when
the tank was dry enough to allow of excavations being made, bat I left the district before may
such opportunity occurred.